Dermatology

SKIN CANCER

Thousands of Australians die from skin cancer each year. Early detection, such as removing moles for both prevention and cosmetic beauty will reduce any concerns in the future. Dr Tina Fang is a qualified skin cancer doctor and can assist with doing a thorough skin check.

Dr Tina performing skin checks on a patient

Dr Tina has been trained extensively in skin cancer medicine and surgery.

She works across three large specialised skin cancer clinics in Brisbane that check thousands of skin every year.

She will thoroughly look for any potential skin cancer issues, evaluating each aspect with a keen eye. Following the assessment, she will offer insightful guidance and recommend appropriate treatments, based on her years of experience and the latest medical best practice and advice.

What is Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is a type of cancer that develops when there is an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the skin. It is primarily caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or artificial sources like tanning beds.
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Skin Cancer Prevention

To keep your skin healthy and reduce the risk of skin cancer, there are three important things to remember: protect, prevent, and detect.
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Why have a Skin Cancer Check?

Queensland has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Early detection significantly increases the chances of successful treatment and improves outcomes.
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Skin Cancer Treatments

removal of benign and mole with the use of liquid nitrogen in

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is a medical treatment that involves using extreme cold temperatures to freeze and destroy abnormal or unwanted tissue, such as pre-cancerous lesions or certain types of skin cancer. 

Biopsy

A small sample of the skin is collected for further testing at a specialised skin pathology laboratory, where a qualified pathologist examines them to make an accurate diagnosis.

senior lab pathologist examining biopsy skin cancer
removal of benign, mole at clinic with cryrotherapy

Excisions

Skin lesions are excised, or surgically removed, primarily to treat skin cancer like basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or melanoma. The procedure aims to eliminate these abnormal or potentially harmful skin lesions.

 

Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment primarily used for superficial forms of skin cancer. It is particularly effective in treating conditions like actinic keratoses, in situ squamous cell carcinoma (Bowen disease), and superficial basal cell carcinomas.

woman undergoing led light facial therapy
young woman receiving laster treatment at the clinic

Ablative Laser for Skin Cancer

Ablative lasers are cutting-edge tools in the fight against skin cancer, offering precision in targeting and removing cancerous cells. These lasers work by vaporising the targeted tissue layer by layer, making them a powerful option for treating certain types of skin cancers.

Compounding Medication

Compounding medication for skin cancer involves the personalised formulation of medications to meet the unique needs of individual patients. In the context of skin cancer treatment, compounding allows healthcare providers to tailor medications to specific skin types, conditions, and the characteristics of a patient’s cancer.

doctor holding medication

FAQ

Visiting a skin cancer clinic is a crucial step and proactive step towards looking after your skin health and overall well-being. Here are several reasons why seeking professional care at a skin cancer clinic is essential:

1. Early Detection Saves Lives
Skin cancer, when detected early, is highly treatable. Skin cancer clinics are equipped with experienced dermatologists who specialise in recognising the early signs of skin cancer, conducting thorough examinations to identify potential issues at the earliest stage possible.


2. Specialised Expertise
Dermatologists at skin cancer clinics possess specialised training in skin conditions, ensuring a higher level of expertise in diagnosing and treating various skin cancers. Their knowledge allows for accurate assessments and personalised treatment plans tailored to individual needs.


3. Advanced Technology and Equipment
Skin cancer clinics often have access to cutting-edge diagnostic tools and technologies, such as dermoscopy and mole mapping systems. These tools enhance the accuracy of skin cancer detection, enabling a comprehensive and detailed analysis of skin lesions.


4. Comprehensive Skin Examinations
Skin cancer clinics offer thorough skin examinations, including areas that may be difficult to self-monitor. Dermatologists are trained to identify suspicious moles or lesions that may go unnoticed by the untrained eye.


5. Education and Prevention
Beyond diagnosis and treatment, skin cancer clinics provide valuable education on sun safety, skin cancer prevention, and regular self-examinations. Understanding how to protect your skin and detect early warning signs empowers you to take an active role in your skin health.


6. Biopsy and Pathology Services
If a suspicious lesion is identified, skin cancer clinics can perform biopsies and send samples for pathology analysis. This ensures an accurate diagnosis and aids in developing an appropriate treatment plan.


7. Holistic Approach to Skin Health
Skin cancer clinics often adopt a holistic approach to skin health, addressing not only skin cancer concerns but also providing guidance on general skin care and overall well-being.


8. Peace of Mind
Regular visits to a skin cancer clinic offer peace of mind, knowing that your skin is regularly monitored by professionals who are dedicated to identifying and addressing any potential issues promptly.

As September 2021 update (subject to change) the Cancer Council Queensland recommends regular skin checks for early detection of skin cancer. The frequency of skin checks may vary based on individual risk factors and personal history. However, a general recommendation is to have a professional skin check every 12 months.

For individuals with a higher risk of skin cancer, such as those with fair skin, a history of sunburns, a family history of skin cancer, or a significant amount of sun exposure, more frequent checks may be advisable. It's essential to discuss your specific risk factors with a healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate schedule for skin checks.

Additionally, practicing regular self-examinations of the skin at home is encouraged. This involves monitoring moles and any changes in the skin's appearance and bringing any concerning changes to the attention of a healthcare professional promptly.

For the most accurate and up-to-date guidance tailored to your individual circumstances, it is recommended to consult with a local healthcare professional or dermatologist in Queensland

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